The beautiful and fashionable are to be found in the Bodrum area of Turkey; Cristiano Ronaldo, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Kate Moss are just some celebrities who have given Bodrum a reputation to rival St Tropez. The combination of natural beauty, glorious coves, rich history, and vibrant nightlife makes Bodrum popular with many visitors and holiday homeowners. Although Bodrum attracts the style conscious, the area also boasts laid-back vibes.
Marinas are full of beautiful yachts, ancient sites for wandering around and photogenic old whitewashed houses making this picture postcard destination one of Turkey's favourite beachside escapes. With many things to do and places to go, Bodrum's shining talent accommodates everyone, from the rich to budget travellers, from the old to the young. Indeed, the peninsula is a true gem of Turkey, so this area guide looks at the claims to fame and about the individual beach resorts that make ideal places to invest in Turkish real estate.
Bodrum Peninsula Area Guide
Geography and Getting There
The Bodrum area is on the west coast of Turkey, next to the Aegean Sea. It officially belongs to the Mugla province of Turkey, which includes other hotspot property and tourism destinations like Fethiye and Marmaris. Bodrum Airport services all resorts, which can all be reached within 90 minutes of transfer time.
Main Features and Area Attractions
Ancient Halicarnassus: Bodrum dates from the 12th century BC. It was known as Halicarnassus in ancient times. It was the birthplace of the famous historian Herodotus, often called the "Father of History."
Halicarnassus Mausoleum: One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Halicarnassus Mausoleum was an impressive tomb built for Mausolus, the ruler of Caria. Although the original structure was largely destroyed by earthquakes, some remnants can still be seen in Bodrum Castle.
Bodrum Castle (Castle of St. Peter): The 15th-century castle dominating Bodrum's harbour was built by the Knights of Saint John. This exceptional example of medieval architecture houses the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, displaying fascinating artefacts recovered from shipwrecks.
Yalikavak Marina: Bodrum earns fame for stunning marinas. Yalikavak Marina, the most exclusive, attracts luxury yachts and boats worldwide and is famous for indulging in upscale shopping and dining.
Bodrum's White Houses: Bodrum's traditional architecture features picturesque white houses adorned with vibrant bougainvillaea and other colourful flowers, creating a charming Aegean ambience.
Bodrum's Nightlife: The town is renowned for upbeat nightlife scenes, offering an array of bars, clubs, and beach parties. It's a popular destination for both local and international party-goers.
Ancient Amphitheatre: Bodrum's 4th century BC theatre is another significant historical site for various cultural events and performances.
Turkish Gulets: Bodrum is ideal for embarking on traditional Turkish gulet cruises. These wooden sailing boats offer relaxing ways to explore the beautiful coastline, nearby islands, and hidden coves.
Bodrum Underwater Archaeology Museum: Located in Bodrum Castle, this museum houses artefacts from shipwrecks and underwater excavations, giving visitors insights into the region's maritime history.
Sandy Beaches: The Bodrum Peninsula offers many beaches, from bustling and vibrant shores to more secluded and tranquil coves, making the area perfect for sun-seekers and beach lovers.
Bodrum and The Turkish Riviera
One thing to know about the Bodrum area is sailing is big business. Mega yachts owned by Saudi Royalty and Bill Gates have docked in from time to time. The reason is Bodrum belongs to the Turkish Riviera. The Turkish Riviera, known as the Turquoise Coast, extends from Antalya's southwestern region to Bodrum. This enchanting coastal area features striking turquoise waters, golden beaches, and rugged cliffs. The Riviera attracts tourists seeking history, natural beauty, and leisure activities. Bodrum is a leading hub and is known for sailing excellence.
That is a brief overview of the peninsula, but to get to know it more in-depth, you need to know about the scattered towns and villages. On the right-hand side of this page are more extensive area guides to these places but below is a brief overview of the main destinations.
Slow Paced Akyarlar
Akyarlar offers slower-paced and more authentic experiences than the busier tourist hubs in Bodrum. It is perfect for travellers who want to relax on beautiful beaches, experience genuine Turkish hospitality, and witness stunning natural beauty, all while being close enough to explore the many attractions. Approximately 20 kilometres from Bodrum town, picturesque settings make this area ideal for relaxing beach holidays away from bustling crowds.
Bitez is a small fishing village just south of Bodrum. This charming spot with a laid-back atmosphere is surrounded by lush green hills and pine forests. At the same time, Bitez Beach is ideal for swimming, snorkelling, and other water activities. Bitez is also home to great restaurants serving delicious fresh seafood dishes and numerous bars and cafes. And suppose you're looking to explore further afield. The village is excellent for discovering nearby attractions like the ancient Bodrum Amphitheatre. Whether you want peaceful beach escapes or fun-filled holidays, Bitez is the perfect place.
Turgutreis, a lively coastal town on the southwestern tip of the Bodrum Peninsula, is named after the famous Turkish admiral Turgut Reis and is the second-largest town on the peninsula. Sitting approximately 20 kilometres away from the centre of Bodrum, shops, bars, and restaurants surround the long straight road leading down to the beach. During summer, long stretches of sand are home to sunbathers and swimmers. At the same time, more adventurous holidaymakers hop onto daily boat trips cruising the coastline. Shoppers must also schedule the weekly market into their agenda, which sells everything, including souvenirs, clothing, household goods and organic fruit and vegetables.
Rustic and Charming Gumusluk
This is one of our favourite places in the Bodrum area. Gumusluk has kept quaint, rustic ambiences, making the area seem like a world apart from other resorts. However, the property market has embraced modern living, and there are stunning properties for sale among beautiful landscapes. Gumusluk earns fame for seaside fish restaurants serving fresh fish and seafood to evening diners while they watch the sunset. The small main beach also gives lovely views of Rabbit Island, the other landmark of Gumusluk.
Stylish and Upmarket Yalikavak
Now we arrive at Yalikavak, and we are talking about mega money. Yalikavak is home to a marina that hosts mega yachts often seen sailing the coastline. Restaurants at the marina are home to top brands and restaurants where signature chefs serve their latest gastronomy delights. When the marina opened its doors, the knock-on effect on properties was plain to see, with designer houses and signature architecture leading the way. Yalikavak also delights with a beautiful main town centre beach.
Luxury in Golturkbuku
Golturkbuku is another place where the rich and famous hang out, yet the area keeps a more discreet reputation. This area is nicknamed the Saint Tropez of Turkey. Turkbuku is also just a 20-minute drive from Yalikavak. The real estate market of Turkbuku is sometimes quirky and, at times, eccentric. Yet, the distinctive property portfolio includes surprisingly affordable homes on the village outskirts. Whether you budget or step up to the more elegant side of life, buying property in Turkbuku is a journey into elite Turkish homes.
Gundogan – The Turkish Favourite
On the international scene, Gundogan doesn't earn much fame, yet the small village has been favoured by retired Turks for decades. In addition, many Turks from the big cities own summer homes there. Sitting halfway between the upmarket resorts of Yalikavak and Golturkbuku, the name means sunrise, but for many, the sweet scent of oranges from orchards reflects the true nature and character of Gundogan. One area of Gundogan's rising popularity is Kucukbuk, meaning "Small Bay" on the outskirts.
Windsurfing in Kadikalesi
Kadikalesi seems to have dropped off the map to continue its existence. This small village is quiet yet has an enormous beach with oodles of space for peace and quiet. Thanks to the area's position, the wind blows heavily, and this has turned Kadikalesi into a windsurfing hotspot. Kadikalesi translates into the castle of the judge, after one of its residents in history. The town's Greek history can be seen in the hilltop church ruins. If you want slow-paced lifestyle vibes with beautiful landscapes, Kadikalesi fits the bill perfectly.
Now we arrive at a quaint village with traditional stone cottages. Gokcebel sits on the outskirts of Yalikavak and is ideal for those who want easy access to the amenities but don't want to be on top of them. The village covers a steep hill, and transport is limited, so most homeowners have cars. Getting to Gokcebel is incredibly simple because Bodrum airport is just an hour's drive away.
Torba is on the peninsula's northern shores and sits just 5 kilometres away from Bodrum town centre. Torba maintains a somewhat upmarket reputation, yet not as much as Golturkbuku or Yalikavak mentioned above. Despite Torba's already proven reputation on the housing market, buyers with lower budgets can still find attractive resale apartments and villas for sale in Torba that are away from the coastline yet have fantastic sea views, especially at sunset.
Gumbet Near Bodrum Town
Gumbet, a firm favourite with British holidaymakers, is known for water sports and beachside cafes. Additionally, while other resorts gear towards upmarket summer lifestyles, Gumbet believes in budget travel, and there are fantastic deals to be had in the bars, restaurants, shops and hotels. Gumbet was initially intended to cope with an overspill of tourism from Bodrum's main town, which sits near. But over the last 20 years, the area has become a recognised and esteemed destination in its own right.
Bodrum City Center
Bodrum Town Center is the peninsula's heart and soul, with exciting nightlife scenes. Bodrum is full of little winding roads, whitewashed houses with bright blue shutters and turquoise bays. Restaurants serve delicious Turkish cuisine, or you can visit charming cafes while away in the afternoon. The city also annually hosts various cultural events like music festivals and art exhibitions. With tourist attractions like the castle, underwater museum, and Zeki Murren house that belonged to a famous Turkish singer, Bodrum town is the gateway to genuinely understanding hedonistic vibes. Do spend time in the old quarter district to soak up nostalgic vibes and experience the exciting nightlife Bodrum is renowned for.
Ortakent - Yahsi
The name Ortakent translates into the "middle city," reflecting the village's location near the heart of the Bodrum peninsula. Due to population growth, Ortakent merged with the nearby and beautiful Yahsi beach district. Combined with the traditional mandarin and olive groves, this area is a delightful mixture of scenery and atmosphere. Ortakent-Yahsi offers both bustling city life and peaceful sandy beach escapes. Try jet skiing, surfing, boat tours, and windsurfing for outdoor activities. If that's not your thing, you can always take boat trips around the peninsula or hike through lovely forests.
Why Buy Property in Bodrum
Mesmerizing Coastal Beauty: Bodrum's captivating coastal beauty is the stuff of dreams. Imagine seeing breathtaking Aegean Sea views, sparkling waters, and gently swaying sailboats. Owning a property along this mesmerising coastline offers daily escapes into tranquillity and natural splendour.
Aegean Climate: Bodrum enjoys a delightful Aegean climate with long, warm summers and mild winters. This blend of sun-drenched days and comfortable temperatures makes Bodrum ideal to escape the harsh winters of other regions and enjoy year-round outdoor activities.
Rich History and Culture: Bodrum's history dates back thousands of years, with the ancient city of Halicarnassus being one notable highlight. Be surrounded by historical landmarks, like the iconic Bodrum Castle, old theatres, temples, and ruins from various civilisations.
Tourism and Investment Potential: Bodrum's popularity as a world-class destination continues to soar, drawing visitors from all corners. This thriving tourism industry guarantees vibrant atmospheres all year round and creates significant investment potential. Buying property presents an opportunity for excellent rental yields and potential appreciation in value over time.
Luxury Lifestyle: Bodrum has earned a reputation as a luxurious destination, with high-end hotels, fine dining establishments, exclusive beach clubs, and designer boutiques dotting the landscape. Embrace this lavish lifestyle and indulge in fine amenities.
Water Sports and Outdoor Adventures: Bodrum's crystal-clear waters beckon adventure seekers and water sports enthusiasts. There is no shortage of thrilling activities, from sailing and yachting to windsurfing and diving. The rugged landscapes surrounding Bodrum provide ample hiking opportunities, exploring ancient ruins and immersing oneself in nature's wonders.
Easy Access and Connectivity: Bodrum is well-connected with regular flights to and from major cities worldwide. The town's international airport ensures hassle-free travel, allowing property owners to enjoy paradise whenever possible.
How to Buy Property
Start by connecting with our Bodrum office. Drop by and see us on Yakaköy Çilek Caddesi No.46/2 in Ortakent. Alternatively, call our agent on +90 542 388 03 00 or speak to our London office agents on + 44 (0) 207 193 1553. We can answer all your questions about the Bodrum peninsula and send through apartments and villas for sale to suit your requirements and budget. Alternatively, start your property search now by browsing our website listings. Use the contact form to learn more about a property or arrange viewings on the Bodrum peninsula of Turkey.
Also About Bodrum
Best Beaches: As a peninsula, beach holidays are the priority for holidaymakers. Bodrum always delivers but gives more than just a stretch of sand. During the day, as a place to relax, swim and soak up sun rays for a gorgeous tan, some beaches also turn into a party or dining centre once the sun sets. You can choose from hundreds of long beaches and tiny hidden coves, but here are our favourites to help you decide where to go.
Shopping in Bodrum: Browse through small individual boutiques, head to brand-name stores, or buy from the simple one-person trader on the weekly market. We know where to go for the bargains if strapped for cash, but likewise have our favourite shops for overindulging. Whereas Istanbul often turns into a hectic experience because of the masses of crowds and a fast-paced atmosphere, Bodrum offers a pleasant, slow-paced shopping experience.